Man dies while climbing at Zion National Park

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah Zion National Park officials say a 49-year-old man has died after falling more than 40 feet on a popular climbing route.

Park officials say Lyle Dale Hurd III, of Santa Clara, died Friday as he and three other people were climbing the Northeast Buttress route, which is below Angels Landing.

Officials say the group was climbing in pairs and Hurd fell while pulling out a piece of his gear. They say that although he was an experienced climber, it was Hurd's first time on that route.

His death is the second in the park this year, and seventh since 1983.

Park superintendent Jock Whitworth called the death "very sad."

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